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    Coffee House Shots: will Boris really cut immigration?

    Coffee House Shots: will Boris really cut immigration?

    With Policy Exchange's David Goodhart, author of The Road to Somewhere, and Kate Andrews.
    Presented by Katy Balls.

    • 16 min
    Women With Balls: Joanna Cherry

    Women With Balls: Joanna Cherry

    Joanna Cherry is the SNP's Justice and Home Affairs Spokesperson and a prolific QC, known for her successful legal challenge against the government over its decision to prorogue parliament. In the end, Boris Johnson's prorogation was declared unlawful. On the podcast, she talks to Katy about her Scottish Labour days, the misogyny she identifies in the current debate over trans rights, and taking the Prime Minister to court.
    Women With Balls is a podcast series where Katy Balls speak to women at the top of their respective games. To hear past episodes, visit http://spectator.co.uk/balls.

    • 34 min
    The Edition: is there a new Anglo-French bromance?

    The Edition: is there a new Anglo-French bromance?

    As France enters its 62nd weekend of protests, President Macron’s honeymoon is well and truly over. But has he found a new friend in Boris Johnson (00:45)? Plus, what is the problem with the Labour leadership race (12:35)? And last, what’s killing Britain’s wild salmon (25:20)?
    With Jonathan Miller, Charles Grant, James Forsyth, Gloria de Piero, Mike Daunt and Dylan Roberts.
    Presented by Isabel Hardman.
    Produced by Cindy Yu and Gus Carter.

    • 34 min
    The Book Club: lessons learnt from a year of insomnia

    The Book Club: lessons learnt from a year of insomnia

    In this week’s Book Club podcast, Sam's guest is the novelist Samantha Harvey, whose new book — The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping — is an extraordinarily written, funny and terrifying account of her experience with insomnia. She talks to Sam about the strange contortions that the mind makes when the boundaries between conscious and unconscious thought start to fray, and how writing — as she sees it — saved her from madness.
    The Book Club, what used to be known as Spectator Books, is a series of literary interviews and discussions on the latest releases in the world of publishing, from poetry through to physics. Presented by Sam Leith, The Spectator's Literary Editor. Hear past episodes here (https://audioboom.com/dashboard/4905582) .

    • 28 min
    Table Talk: with Sarah Langford

    Table Talk: with Sarah Langford

    Sarah Langford is a barrister and author of the best-selling In Your Defence, which follows 11 real-life cases in the criminal and family courts. On the podcast, Sarah tells Lara and Livvy about her family's background in farming, the vending machine diet of a barrister, and how MeToo killed the drinking culture in chambers.
    Table Talk is a series of podcasts where Lara Prendergast and Olivia Potts talk to celebrity guests about their life story, through the food and drink that has come to define it. Listen to past episodes here (https://audioboom.com/channels/4985181) .

    • 36 min
    Coffee House Shots: Boris's HS2 headache

    Coffee House Shots: Boris's HS2 headache

    With James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman.
    Presented by Katy Balls.
    Coffee House Shots is a series of podcasts on British politics from the Spectator's political team and special guests. Brought to you daily, click here (https://audioboom.com/dashboard/4905581) to find more episodes that are not released on Spectator Radio.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

dyniol53 ,

Dip in and out

I don’t listen to all the podcasts on the feed but when I do they’re often much better than I expect. James Forsyth really seems to have a fly on the wall of every room in Westminster.

Lara and Isobel are good interviewers because they don’t make it all about them.

Fraser’s podcast with Oborne was particularly good.

Sound quality is variable.

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Pedro Newman

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Saint Q ,

Forthright Forsyth

James’s summary of the year in UK politics, broken down into four quarters, was masterful, accurately pointing to the significant events that shaped this most dramatic of years. And it demonstrated yet again the sound-ness of James’s judgement and grasp of principle. Labour grandee Jacqui Smith came across as morally lightweight when she equated the shameful Tory remainer tactics (of standing on a leave platform in 2017 then undermining leave) with Boris Johnson’s attempt to prorogue.
Well done to James-ably supported by Katie, Isobel and Fraser- for delivering the most brilliant podcast journalism in 2019.

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